Jamie Milam entered the professional hockey ranks with the Komets as a 21-year-old defenseman from Northern Michigan University in 2006. He returned to help the Komets win a Central Hockey League title in 2012 and joined them in 2013, halfway through their first ECHL. season.
Milam is back, at the age of 37, filling the need for an attacking defender as Fort Wayne prepares to attempt to defend the Kelly Cup.
“This will be Jamie’s fourth tour of duty with the Komets. It’s exciting to bring back a player who knows how to win a championship, ”said Komets general manager David Franke, announcing the signing on Thursday as the Komets were ready for the season opener from Oct. 23 to Memorial Coliseum against the Wheeling Nailers.
The Komets, who started training camp on Oct. 11, have also signed 22-year-old rookie defenseman Sacha Roy, while releasing forward Louis Rowe.
Milam totaled 30 goals and 59 points in 96 regular season games with Fort Wayne. In 23 playoff games, he has four goals and 15 points. Since his last stint with the Komets, he has played entirely abroad in Wales, Scotland, Slovakia and Italy. In 2019-2020, in the Italian Alpine Hockey League, he totaled 13 goals and 45 points in 44 games.
His addition gives the Komets five players with veteran status – they can only play four during matches – the others being brothers Connor and Kellen Jones, Zach Tolkinen and Corbin Baldwin. Franke said the veterans’ situation will be resolved during training camp.
Roy skated in 2018-2019 for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, accumulating three goals, 10 points and 140 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games, then eight penalty minutes in seven games playoffs. In 2019-2020, Roy skated in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, for the St-Gabriel-de-Brandon Predators and the Valleyfield Braves, amassing three goals, 12 points and 89 penalty minutes in 30 games.
“Roy is the kind of defenseman who thrives physically in the game,” said Komets coach Ben Boudreau. “He gets his nose dirty and makes the opposition play with their heads held high.”
Remarks: The Ukrainian Hockey League has clarified its suspension for Andrei Deniskin, who taunted former Komets player Jalen Smereck with racist gestures last weekend. Deniskin will have to serve a 13-game suspension and pay a fine. The league had erroneously said Deniskin would serve a minimum of three games with an additional 10-game fine or suspension.